Flat Handle Tote

Size: 27cm (l) 38cm (w – opening) 28cm (bottom) 10cm (d)

The featured project is a tote bag made with echino ni-co’s sign, a hand drawn alphabet and bias stripe pattern fabric that will let you enjoy two different designs. The front pocket with a zipper will make this bag even more convenient. To match the color tone of the fabric, a fringe tied on the slider comes in a chic color. Depending on the season or your mood, you may play with different colors or materials.

Design & Work:Anriko


Fabric shown for this sample:
 echino ni-co JG90000-103 (A)


Materials:
□ Fabric (Main bag outer fabric, Handle): 110cm wide×80cm
(Main bag lining fabric): 40cm×60cm
□ Fusible interfacing: 80x40cm
□ Fusible tape: 20cm (1cm wide)
□ Zipper: One piece (15cm long)
□ Magnetic hook (sew on type): One pair (1.4cm diameter)
□ Faux suede tape: 1m (0.3cm wide)

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We interviewed Anriko about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
This is not the first combination fabric from echino, but this one has a large design right in the center. I thought of making something that will feature both designs.

KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
While maintaining the masculine feel of the ni-co series, the pattern is linear. Since the handle is flat, you can enjoy a different look while holding a bag or when a bag is placed.

KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
The invisible zipper pocket is convenient to learn. Except for this pocket, the instructions are quite simple. Also, I came up with an easy to follow steps that would help hide the roughness of the stitches. There aren’t many places where the fabrics are layered, so a household sewing machine can do the job. Just to be safe, I used a #11 needle, and it was just fine.

KF: How should we use this bag in everyday situations?
An easy-to-tie fringe is added to the zipper slider. Even a simple shaped bag will look stylish with such an accent. I highly recommend adding a bottom cardboard so that the square look of the bag will even stand out.

KF: Thank you very much, Anriko! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!

Instructions

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At 1cm wide, run stitches around the zipper location. Mark it well. The marking will be covered completely. To finish cleanly, press the seam with an iron before adding a slit and turning it over.

2.
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For the zipper side of the pocket, the same fabric (or pattern) as the outer fabric will blend in better even with a misalignment. For a pocket facing, bias design should be used since it will be visible when the pocket is opened.

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Outer and lining bags are sewn together. Sew by machine as much as possible for a faster process. It may look messy as shown, but it should look like this.

4.
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The handle is attached to the bag. As shown, sew in a diagonal so that it will fold to the topside when the bag gets heavy.

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It may not look finished, but this is the finished bag.

Click here for Sewing Instructions (PDF format / A4 size)
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